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    Thank you all so much for your honesty and for sharing with me!

    I am definitely keeping up with kegel exercises - I wasn't aware that weak pelvic floor came from pregnancy and not birth so I've learnt something new!

    I am feeling that perhaps CS is the way to go, simply due to the idea that I cannot guarantee that a vaginal birth will go smoothly/not cause issues or trauma. I don't have much of an issue with the catheter, (in fact I actually feel a bit of relief knowing that I'll have that in) I suppose the only real worries I now have regarding CS is that I will most likely have to use laxatives/stool softeners, which scare the hell out of me!

    But again, thank you all so very much. Your responses have been incredibly helpful and supportive, moreso than the people I've discussed this with in person (Often get met with- "are you kidding? You'd rather have a CS? That's not really giving birth/it's silly/vain/you'll regret it") It's astounding that some of my family and friends choose to judge me for this decision however a bunch of strangers on the internet can be so lovely! At the end of the day I just want my baby to be healthy and born safely, but I do have to consider my health (especially mental health) as well.

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    I've had 2 c/s. in relation to your comment that you are bed bound for a week. Nope, not unless there are complications. Usually you are up and moving around within 24 hours. Yes you are quite sore and for me personally I was sore for around 6 weeks.

    For my first c/s they put the catheter in after the spinal. The 2nd I had it in before. It wasn't nice

    I have no incontinence issues but my bladder is scarred from 2 full term breach babies kicking the crap out of it. So now if I hold it, my bladder pains.

    Make sure you have a gentle laxative before going in for the c/s. Nothing more painful than straining with a incision.
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    I had an emergency csection. Once they take the catheter out I was expected to urinate a certain amount. I actually found it very hard to urinate after it was taken out - almost like I was tensing up too much plus I seemed to lose the sensation of when I needed to go. This passed after about a day. I was also constipated and had to have some laxatives - I was scared of pushing because of the pain in my tummy (from the csec). After a few days everything was back to normal. I haven't had any ongoing issues.

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    @francesca1 I also have the same question as you (c/s vs vb) for my own reasons (a fear of urinary incontinence/bowel prolapse) esp if forceps/vacuum is needed.
    Its been interesting to read everyones stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francesca1 View Post
    I suppose the only real worries I now have regarding CS is that I will most likely have to use laxatives/stool softeners, which scare the hell out of me!
    Just metamucil was adequate for me. With my 2nd I had the capsules in my toiletry bag just in case and took them as soon as I was given the OK to eat post-op, so everything stayed 'normal'.

    As for general recovery, there are a lot of threads on here with tips and stories. It varies a lot person-to-person and there's no way to know in advance how you will recover (eg. people with high pain thresholds can recover slowly etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by francesca1 View Post
    Yep, I'm exactly the same! I really have no issues with anticipating the pain side of things either!
    Do you mind me asking more about your recovery from the CS? Someone was of the opinion that they were in bed for a week afterward with their OH having to do everything for them down there (ie changing pads, wiping their bottom...etc...) and this also plays into my fear a bit. Did you experience this problem? Or were you up and about relatively quick?
    My recovery was very straightforward - I was up the next day and moving around/looking after bub no worries (I only required assistance for things like toileting/showering/changing in the first 24-48 hours and it was all fine...I don't recall anyone having to wipe my bum for me!). I went home on day 5, and took it easy for the first couple of weeks, but was able to do most things quite ok. I got clearance to drive 2 weeks post CS - the only thing to factor in, is that it is harder to take a baby in and out of a carseat in those early weeks!

    I have no pelvic floor problems at all, it is as good as it ever was (probably helped that it was very strong to begin with too).

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    I should add I went home 48 hours after the c/s. Yes I was sore, but I figured I'd rather be sore and on drugs at home with my family than in pain and on drugs in hospital.

    Although it wasn't my choice of birth, c/s isn't always bad.

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    If that's how you feel I don't recommend a c section or epidural. I have always got cystitis easily and often feel like I need to go to the toilet and I think I have a small bladder or just go a lot more than other people.

    Well, when you have an epidural or c section they stick a catheter up there. I felt like I had instant cystitis! So uncomfortable! I knew whenever I had a contraction because I would feel the burning need to pee but couldn't do it of course. It was a huge relief when they took that thing out of me. I could not imagine having a c section and have that thing stuck up me for DAYS.

    Afterwards, I never did my pelvic floor exercises bc it makes me feel like I need to pee so it's not much fun. So this pregnancy there has been less bladder control. Aside from coughing for a month with a bad cold and filling up maternity pads with urine, it's not that bad because you don't really feel the pee coming out - not that burning sensation anyway. I just wear a liner and go on with my day. This pregnancy I don't feel that 'need' to pee any more - or less - than last time.

    I did get constipated badly 2 weeks after the birth but that's bc I stupidly listened to a midwife who told me to take an iron supplement, and I didn't know the rule about increasing fibre intake. This time I already have a packet of prunes packed in the hospital bag!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jk565 View Post
    @francesca1 I also have the same question as you (c/s vs vb) for my own reasons (a fear of urinary incontinence/bowel prolapse) esp if forceps/vacuum is needed.
    Its been interesting to read everyones stories.
    It's certainly food for thought! Has it swayed you any particular way?

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    My cs was fantastic. Checked into hospital at 6.30 for elective cs and bubs on my chest at 7.30. Fantastic. Was up and showered next morning and up and moving around from that point. Was driving around after 6 days (Nrma and no OBS restrictions) so yeah I loved it. I had no catheter issues but I did need suppositories to clear a blockage after the c section. It was about 6 days later.
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